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Key Features
When to Visit

Mayukuyuku (meaning water hitting rocks) is a small and intimate camp situated along the Kafue River overlooking a small Island downstream, and a number of small rapids from which the name Mayukuyuku is derived. The camp boasts 4 luxury en suite tents with thatched roofs and private verandahs with hammocks overlooking the river. Almost all the structures are built using natural materials, a feature that gives the camp a truly rustic old-style safari feel. The camp is designed for anybody looking to spend time with nature and is eager to immerse themselves in birdwatching, game viewing activities and star gazing at night. Close to the camp are the trees which are home to some special birds; the African Finfoot and Pel’s Fishing Owl are some of the rarities that the trees hold.

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Mayukuyuku Camp is situated in one of the world’s most renowned game havens, and is larger than the size of Wales. Known for its diverse variety of terrain, this park has four of the Big Five, as well as Cheetah, Wild Dog and over 450 bird species. On your visit to this part of the world it is unlikely to see crowds of people or numerous vehicles, giving you promise of a wonderful private safari.

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Fantastic Safari Activities

Mayukuyuku is the heart of spectacular bush safari activities such as morning and afternoon/evening game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, fishing and even hot air balloon flights up in the north of the park in the seasonal Busanga Plains. Their game drives are conducted in open vehicles with the highly experienced guides. Enjoy the fresh morning air as the animals come back from a tough night of hunting or hiding; and in the evening, enjoy a sundowner in the warm African glow before setting off to the nocturnal wildlife. Their guided bush walks give you a chance to get closer to both flora and fauna and
experience the park from a different angle. Enjoy a relaxing boat safari as you float down the Kafue River, watching the aquatic birds and other wildlife coming to the water’s edge to quench their thirst.

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Community Support

Mayukuyuku recruits its staff from the surrounding communities situated just outside the park. Local children are occasionally invited for one or two nights stay and are being introduced to a world of wildlife which they may have never seen before.


LOW Season: 1 Dec – 1 Jun

HIGH Season: 2 Jun – 31 Oct

CLOSED: 1 – 30 Nov



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and baby animals galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Dry scenery, best for spotting game
  • Abundant wildlife – fewer water sources
  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Prime time for walking safaris

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation

  • Peace and tranquility

    Mayukuyuku was a lovely bush camp. The camp facilities and staff were delightful, and consistently very helpful and solicitous. All of our expectations for a Boot Camp were met, and we had plenty of opportunity to see animals in carefully national park and the game management area across the road. We spent three nights and four days at the site, we drove or went out on a boat every day sometimes twice a day. The game drives were lovely we went in the morning and in the evening, saw a large variety of animals including elephants and K Buffalo, as well as a lot of Zambian bird life. The boat trips were delightful, we went at dawn and sunset, were in waters with many hippos and also saw crocodiles and a variety of birds. It was a peaceful and tranquil site overall, and there was nothing lacking. The food was outstanding, the campsite accommodations were lovely, the water was hot and boundless, and everything was neat and clean and tidy. Our guide, Dominic, was delightful and extremely knowledgeable about the area. The cook was great, and his desserts were sensational. The staff were helpful in every possible way and a real pleasure. The price was perfect for our budget. Good value for money overall. We highly recommend the site, this is our second trip to the site and we were not disappointed.

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  • Nature one step away!

    We’ve spent 5 nights at this unique and extraordinary lodge. For all inclusive 2 activities are included such as game drive, boat cruise or fishing. We’ve discovered even during the emerald season plenty of animals and the biodiversity of birds is amazing. The competent guides answered our questions with patience and passion. We followed tracks and signs and listened to different calls from the bush. The cuisine is excellent and varied and the hospitality courteous and friendly. The tent is cozy and the nightly 10 steps walk to the toilet opens you a gate to the universe. We felt more at home than in a lodge. We enjoyed our stay, widened our knowledge of nature and keep a treasure full of experiences and encounters.

    TripAdvisor User
  • Relaxing Break in the Bush

    We had a wonderful weekend at Mayukuyuku Bush Camp, relaxing and seeing animals on both a river safari and driving safari. We loved our time by the fire and around the table, recharging and enjoying the company of other guests. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating and we had a great time. Thank you!

    TripAdvisor User

Fast Facts

  • Location: Kafue National Park, Zambia
  • Internet connection:Yes, in reception during the day
  • Fans/Air ConNone
  • Number of rooms:4x Luxury en suite tents
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolNo

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